Our Daily Prayer

02 April 2020

 

Is now the time?

How many times have we been told by our culture to seize the day? Have you ever been influenced by marketing strategies that say if you don’t act now you will miss out? I know that I have. Sometimes we act when we have not thought through the consequences of your actions. After His baptism we might have expected for Jesus to go straight into his mission, to seize the day; but read on to see what happens:

 

Read Mark 1:9-13

Jesus showed that he was sensitive to God’s timing, he also knew for his ministry to really begin he needed to face up to the age-old enemy. Not of his own past, but of our past and this was for our benefit. Jesus showed us that much can be done as we wait on God for his command and His timing (led through the spirit). I am sure Jesus would have won no matter (as he is God), but perhaps He is helping us to see that waiting for God’s timings are a good thing to do. This means we still continue to get ourselves ready for service and are prepared to respond to God’s call in God’s time.

 

Please continue to pray:

Father, give me a greater sensitivity to your calling on my life.

Guide my decisions and my timing,

to be in line with yours

In Jesus’ name, amen.

1 April 2020
Are we ready?
Part of adjusting to what is going on we have to have a plan as to how we are going to get through the next few weeks. Plans for getting those things done that have always been put off because of a lack of time and/or desire now become something we can do to make the lockdown a bit more bearable. In the same way, we might ask the question, do I have a plan for our spiritual well being during this time in isolation? 
 
Read Mark 1:1-8
Although this might be a reading we have before Christmas, it is still appropriate for today. John the Baptist shows a willingness to prepare the way for Jesus. This was not a calling that was self-realised, it is something that is God orchestrated and John has needed spiritual preparation to carry out. John knew his place and was ready to submit to God - when the timing was right, John did that wholeheartedly. People might say it did not end well for John – but they are missing the bigger picture; Jesus’ existence on earth enabled John’s salvation. Our spiritual preparation reminds us that this is not our true home, our true home is more awesome than we can imagine.  
 
Please continue to pray:
Father, show me what You want me to do today. 
Prepare me. 
Shape my mind and heart.
That I might be ready to serve you. 
In Jesus’ name, amen.
31 March 2020
Uncertain?
As we continue to look at what is going to happen next there is one thing for sure – we are all uncertain of what is going to happen next. There is one who knows what is going to happen next and you won’t be surprised for me to say that the only one who knows our future is God. We see it time and time again, even as Jesus God still knows what is about to happen.
Read Mark 8:31-38
Jesus knows what is about to happen to him – vs31. Yet those who don’t understand see this as not a good thing as Jesus is taken aside by Peter (I am sure it is a protective follower of Jesus) to be rebuked for what he predicts. Jesus, in turn, rebukes Peter for seeing things with eyes focused on the earth and human concerns.
We see the way of the cross might not seem to make sense to Peter at the time but as the passion narrative unfolds, he begins to see things very differently. My prayer is that as we go through this time, we might see things in a different way, valuing things that God does.
Please continue to pray:
Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Clapping for the NHS

At 8pm yesterday we saw an amazing scene where the entire UK was united in their support for those who are looking after us as we navigate our way through this crisis. It got me to thinking back to the candles placed in our windows and how (for me) emotional it was as we saw pictures of people seeking to (symbolically) share Christ’s light in these seemingly dark times. In the Bible, we are called to make joyful noises to God.

 

Read Psalm 100

We see the calling in vs 1 and 2 to shout out for joy and come before Him with joyful songs. Why do we do this well it is there in vs 3 God is God and we are His people. It might be more difficult for us (depending on our circumstances) to be joyful, but we are joyful, not because we live in a broken world, we are joyful because of the one who said he was the gate has given us access to the temple’s court. We now have access to the Lord God through Jesus. That is where our joy is derived, a joy that can take us through the dark patches - however long they may be

 

Please continue to pray:

Father, our source of life,

you know our weakness.

May we reach out with joy to grasp your hand

and walk more readily in your ways.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever. AMEN.

26 March 2020

Zwingli’s Hymn

In August 1519 Huldrych Zwingli was on vacation when the plague broke out in his home town of Zurich. Despite his exhaustion, he hurried back to serve God. Whilst tending to the sick he himself became ill and was at death's door – yet despite all of his health he made a full recovery. In the aftermath of his experience, he wrote a hymn known as Zwingli’s Plague Hymn. It may be that for most of us we will not need to fear the Covid-19 virus, but it has still affected us. So, it is all the more important to lean in on God, as did Zwingli in his nation’s darkest hour.

This morning I want us to make this hymn our prayer

 

Please continue to pray:

Help me, O Lord,
My strength and rock;
Lo, at the door
I hear death’s knock.

Uplift shine arm,
Once pierced for me,
That conquered death.
And set me free.

Yet, if thy voice,
In life’s midday.
Recalls my soul,
Then I obey.

In faith and hope
Earth I resign.
Secure of heaven.
For I am Thine.

 

My pains increase;
Haste to console;
For fear and woe
Seize body and soul.

Death is at hand.
My senses fail.
My tongue is dumb;
Now, Christ, prevail.

Lo! Satan strains
To snatch his prey;
I feel his grasp;
Must I give way?

He harms me not,
I fear no loss,
For here I lie
Beneath thy cross.

My God! My Lord!
Healed by the hand.
Upon the earth
Once more I stand.

Let sin no more
Rule over me;
My mouth shall sing
Alone to thee.

Though now delayed,
My hour will come.
Involved, perchance.
In deeper gloom.

But, let it come;
With joy I’ll rise,
And bear my yoke
Straight to the skies

Amen

25 March 2020

What is Essential?

It is now interesting that we find ourselves debating about what services are essential, for example, is construction essential and if so; construction of what? We also saw a certain sports equipment provider state they were amongst the essential services to keep our nation healthy. But what is essential for the health of our nation today are all those key workers ensuring we are cared for, fed and protected and I am grateful for their hard work at such a difficult time. But what is truly essential at such a time is hope, perhaps a hope that this will end soon (but what if it doesn’t?). I believe that we as Christians have the ultimate hope.

Please read: Romans 5:1-11

Look at verse 2b “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God” it seems strange does it not - to boast in the hope of the glory of God? What is this glory? Well John 1:14 tells us 14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”. Where do we find out about God’s glory, in the Bible, when we meet together, in prayer so if this is the case these are our essentials as a Christian community. If you can, I want to encourage you to join us on Sundays for our interactive Sunday service where will continue to support one another (see our website stmarysweldon.uk for details)

 

Please continue to pray:

Dear Lord, help me –

Every single morning to find faith in the midst of the chaos.

Give me the desire and ability to see You,

hear You, talk to You, and give thanks to You.

And as I do, I pray that I will draw nearer and nearer to You,

and that my faith will multiply exponentially as I understand in new,

deeper ways that You are everything I ever hoped You would be.

And so much more. Amen.

 

If you would like to listen to this song reminding us where our hope is derived.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kvFtXphmMU

Blessings

Kane 

 

24 March 2020

Lockdown

Yesterday we heard a prime minister say something we thought we would never hear you are not to leave your home unless it is deemed a necessity. The tone from our PM was akin to a wartime speech and it feels very much like that – we are at war, but our enemy is invisible. This makes it difficult to understand why we should be in lockdown as one of my family commented, the world outside still looks the same. Yet these measures have been put in place because people who felt they we not at risk decided to carry on as normal. What they didn’t understand was the risk put on others and themselves by their actions – in a way this is the issue with sin in this world, sin is mostly invisible, but deadly for everyone.

Please read: Philippians 2:1-4

We are called to look after others and consider their needs more than our own, not because it is a good moral principle (which it is), instead it is because Jesus considered our needs above his own when he went to the cross. He is the one who has brought us out of isolation with God and we respond with joy as we look to follow his example of service and consideration of others. So as our government has enforced our lockdown, we might react with pride that tells us that rights have been violated; whilst humility tells us that this is for the good of others, so we should listen to our PM. So it is the same in our spiritual life pride tells me that I am free to do what I like, humility tells me that God is the source of everything that we have so we should listen to Him and worship Him.

 

Please continue to pray:

The prayer from the CofE website for today

 

Merciful Lord,
you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives
and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid
and turn us back to you again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Blessings

Kane 

23 March 2020

What Birthday?

Today is Louise’s birthday (yes 21 again), but the celebrations feel somewhat subdued as we continue to adjust to everyday life in very different times. It is at this time I am reminded of lent a time of giving up something to discover something far greater than we can imagine. Lent is a time of reflection and in this time, we have a chance to focus our attention on God. Yes, lent is a human invention and observing it does not give us salvation, but lent is based on remembering Jesus’ 40 days of preparation in the desert, in isolation, going without so much yet sill focused on his heavenly father.

Please read: Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus was ready for anything that the devil was going to throw at him, even at his most vulnerable moments, our Lord was strong. Whilst we may not possess that strength, we can call upon the very same Jesus who does. For me, that is what we must now do, focus on growing in faith, by reading God’s word and praying finding joy in the small things and big things that God has given us.  Let us start with our Jesus who secured our future, in this, we can fully celebrate as one day eternity will put today in perspective, a time when every day will be even better than our best birthday celebrations.

Please continue to pray:

The prayer from the CofE website for today

 

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Blessings

Kane 

21 March 2020

 

New ways!

Last night something really amazing happened we were playing Linkee (a game where you answer questions that are linked and you need to guess the link) with the Kirby’s over zoom.us and whilst playing we managed to connect with our friends in New Zealand and we ended up with a three way game of Linkee. Just think we were about 400m away from the Kirby’s and 13,000 miles away from our Kiwi fiends! It got me thinking that this is an opportunity to connect with old friends and show God’s love in a very simple way. It also gives us an opportunity as a church to connect as well. I want to start by opening up a time of prayer and conversation on Sunday morning 9:30am as our Church service. If you want to join the follow this link on Sunday https://zoom.us/j/305091166  The good news is that anyone might want to join us and they are welcome to. You will need to download an app but it works really well.

 

Please read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

We are reminded that there is a time for all things I think now is a time to reflect on God’s glory and we can do that gathered via technology. For me, vs11 is so amazing our God has placed in our hearts some knowledge of the eternal, as we ourselves wouldn’t be able to work it out. That has to be the ultimate definition of mercy. Whilst It is clear we will never fathom the depth of God’s goodness; in community we can encourage one another – let’s start with Sunday.  

 

Please continue to pray

This is a prayer from Ash Wednesday (but I think it works for today)

Almighty God,

you have given your only Son to be for us

both a sacrifice for sin

and also an example of godly life:

give us grace

that we may always most thankfully receive

these his inestimable gifts,

and also daily endeavour

to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

.

Blessings

Kane 

 

20 March 2020

A Glimmer of Hope

I wonder if you saw the news from China that for the first time since the outbreak there were no new corona cases domestically, instead, it is those now traveling to China who is bringing the virus in. I wonder was that reassuring enough as we look at the long months ahead of uncertainty?  We heard that we will beat this thing in twelve weeks, but, in reality, the one who made the statement isn’t really in a position to enable it to happen – after this what happens when corona breaks out again? Was hearing the PMs statement reassuring?

 

Please read: Revelations 21:1-8

This is a promise from a God who has the power to make this happen for us all, yet we do need the key to unlock this promise. The key to this kind of relationship with God is not what we do, but who we follow. If we are followers of Jesus, then we can be assured that He has given us the vaccine to sin (the thing that was stopping us from such an amazing relationship with God). If you follow Jesus then be reassured this is your future. If you are not then maybe now is a time to hold onto the promises that God has made in His son Jesus. What is the alternative?

 

Please continue to pray:

God of love,

turn our hearts to your ways;

and give us peace.

Amen.

 

Pray for the children no longer at school

 

Pray for the school staff as they look to allow school to continue running for our key workers.

 

If there are specific prayers for you and your family please do share them as we look towards our heavenly Father for the way forward.

 

Blessings

Kane 

19 March 2020

Dear All

As the UK government (rightly) looks into more and more measures to mitigate the potential spread of coronavirus we will be more isolated than ever before. The question remains how do we remain a cohesive community. We have seen ways that people are doing this by joining in community events through media, through the window and some who gather (ensuring they are two meters apart) on the streets.

So how do we join together as a church … read on

For today please read Romans 12:3-8

Paul is reminding us that we are community through one person (Vs5) who is our Lord Jesus. Because of this we are not only connected to those in Weldon who follow Jesus, but we are one with all our fellow believers. So we must not approach this truth with pride in our own achievements; as we are told in vs3 “do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment”. Once we have reminded ourselves of what God has done for each of us, we are to reflect His generosity. All of us have gifts and we should use them in serving Jesus – this then naturally leads us to serve each other and our community. The gifts we are given the need to be given to others with a heart of generosity, not because it is our Christian duty, it is given in joy in response to what Jesus has done for us.

If you feel you have a gift that could be used (I think we all have) please let me know how you would like to help share the good news of Jesus with our community. This is how we are going to continue to be a Christian community in physical isolation. Always remember we are in spiritual unity through Christ as “one body”.

Please continue to pray:

Continue to pray for each other as we look to use the spare time, we may now have on our hands to deepen our relationship with our heavenly father.

Pray for those having to make decisions on what to do next (particularly our politicians) as the constantly changing landscape of our future.

Pray for those who are unsure of their future, those on zero-hour contracts, the self-employed, small business owners and those employed by them.

If there are specific prayers for you and your family please do share them as we look towards our heavenly Father for the way forward.

Blessings

Kane 

18 March 2020

Dear All
Yesterday it has been confirmed by the Archbishop that all church of England services has been put on hold until further notice. This means all of the churches' physical activity must stop (for now). This poses a massive challenge for the way we operate, as a big part of what we do is done in community.  
Now we need to be community in a very different way, but we are still called to be a community, supporting and loving one another and from that, we continue to be a support to our community.
Archbishop Welby asked that we light a candle on Sunday evening at 7pm to show that we stand with our community whilst remembering we are call to shine Jesus’ light into this world. If you can, could you please support this call from the Archbishop.
For today please read 1 Peter 5:6-11
In 1 Peter we are called to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God” because if we do we are able to “cast all your anxieties on Him” and this is done “because He cares for you”. I have seen faces of people who are looking fearful and that can be catchy, when you feel worried please remember where we can turn - cast your anxieties on Jesus. 
We are also called to be rational people not tempted to fall into the trap of insecurity (like have I got enough toilet paper, but in all seriousness, there are deep insecurities that lie with most of us). It is insecurity that the devil can sow seeds of doubt. We are in this together as brothers and sisters in Christ, so it is all the more important we stand shoulder to shoulder despite not being able to do this physically. I want to encourage you to call each other regularly pray with each other over the phone so we are virtually standing shoulder to shoulder. In making ourselves accountable to each other we can sure each other up when our deep insecurities come to the surface.
Why do we do this? We are told why in vs10, Christianity has never promised us an escape from difficulty, but it promises something quite unique restoration with God – this is the ultimate hope we have.    
Please continue to pray:
Continue to pray for each other as we look to use the spare time, we may now have on our hands to deepen our relationship with our heavenly father.
Pray for those who are suffering from the virus. Pray for our NHS as they will be stretched to breaking point. Give thanks for all the medical staff and pray that they would be given the energy to carry out their duties.  
Pray for our church as we hit the pause button (for now) that we can find good ways to remain connected to our community.
On a practical note, we are acting as a contact point for those who might feel vulnerable at this time. We have a list of volunteers willing to help out in various ways, we also have a food store in our shed. Pray for protection for the food and that it would go to those who need it most. Pray that people who need help would ask for it as we seek to serve our community.
If there are specific prayers for you and your family please do share them as we look towards our heavenly Father for the way forward.
And finally pray, Vs11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Blessings
Kane 
 

Prayer for 17th March 2020

Dear All

It is with great sadness that I am going to call off all prayer meetings for the foreseeable future as we look to follow government guidelines. I will be considering closing church as well as we look to get through this crisis. Though we can’t meet it doesn’t mean we cannot pray so I would like to encourage you all to be praying for our community and for the world.

During this time, I will look to post daily prayer points on our website www.stmarysweldon.uk

For today please read 1 Chronicles 16:8-17

This passage reminds us of several things about God firstly our God is a promise-making promise-keeping God. The promises he made to the patriarchs hold true for us today. God tells us that in covenant relationship I will be your God and you will be my people. The new covenant promise that was brought to us has been won by Jesus’ life death and resurrection, where God’s covenant is now extended to those who seek to be disciples of Jesus (the one who brings about God’s ultimate justice).

Looking at vs 11-12 we see that we are called (as covenant people) to firstly; “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always” this means at times of crisis we must seek God’s face always as he is the rock on which we can place our hope and where we will never be let down (even in a crisis).

Secondly, we are to; “Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,” for those who follow Jesus the ultimate wonder, miracle and judgment are found in Christ. We can also see God’s wonders creation around us and give thanks for every detail that he has given us as well. Ultimately in remembering these things, our response is our praise and adoration of God. So, let us praise our God and remind ourselves that God has a plan for our salvation, all we need to do is place ourselves at His mercy and trust Him. Our relationship with God is deepened in our prayer life so let us pray to our God and remember His deeds.

Please pray:

For each other, as we look to use the spare time we may now have on our hands to deepen our relationship with our heavenly father. Pray for our leadership team as we seek to make wise decisions into the near future.

During these times those who do not yet know Jesus would stop placing their hope material things and start seeking out God as they realise the things they have placed their hope on can fail, instead they find comfort in God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Pray for our groups as we hit the pause button (for now) that we can find good ways to remain connected to our community.

On a practical note, we are acting as a contact point for those who might feel vulnerable at this time. We have a list of volunteers willing to help out in various ways, we also have a food store in our shed. Pray for protection for the food and that it would go to those who need it most. Pray that people who need help would ask for it as we seek to serve our community.

If there are specific prayers for you and your family please do share them as we look towards our heavenly Father for the way forward.

Blessings

Kane

 

Here is a prayer we wrote at our All Age service 10th January

(based on the Lord's Prayer)

 

Father, Creator We love your name

We will see you soon,

We will try and do as you ask,

today and always
Please look after us and we pray for enough food to eat,
Accept us and give us another chance when we are not being very good

and all the rubbish that gets between me and you.

Stop us being upset when people are naughty

and hurt us or your world
Help us not to do the things we know to be wrong

and keep us out of trouble and bad company.
Lord, you have created everything that touches our lives.

Always have, always will.

We are grateful for this. Amen

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